The following is a quote from Amazon.com's listing for this book; Living in Prison : A History of the Correctional System with an Insider's View by Stephen Stanko, Wayne Gillespie, Gordon A. Crews:
"...Can the morality of a nation really be judged by how it treats its prisoners? The United States has more people in prison than any other nation, and the nature of the American correctional system continues to be the subject of passionate debate..."
The book is apparently a survey of the history of the US correctional system written by two college professors and an inmate - Mr. Stanko. In the review for the book it says:
"...The strength of the work, however, is the powerful personalization of the prison experience provided by Stanko, who is currently incarcerated in South Carolina..."
Well, Steve Stanko is, as of this writing, not in prison. He was, in fact, released last year, in July, after serving 8 years of a 10-year sentence for kidnapping. He had a somewhat violent criminal history going back into the 90's. He was to be considered under something amounting to house arrest - ankle bracelet and all - for at least two years.
It seems Steve Stanko was trying to do something with his life, starting a program to help youth offenders rehabilitate and go on the straight and narrow. Stanko had also written two novels and was looking for a publisher of his autobiography.
But this poster boy for rehabilitation and crusader for prison reform is not where he should be, right now.
He's on the run, accused of rape, and two murders.
"...Arrest warrants charge Stephen Stanko, 37, with murder and criminal sexual conduct charges, Georgetown County Sheriff Lane Cribb said.
Laura Ling, 43, of Murrells Inlet, was found dead around 3 a.m. Friday shortly after police responded to a call from a teenager at the home who said she had been sexually assaulted there.
Police said Stanko fled in a stolen Ford Mustang, which was found Saturday morning in the driveway of a Conway home.
After Horry County police were unable to make contact with the resident, they entered the home where they discovered a 74-year-old man dead from a shotgun wound. Horry County Deputy Coroner Dan Bellamy identified the victim as Henry Lee Turner..."